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EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND CELEBRATIONS
Line up a summer job now
The Mt. Hood Community College Career Planning and Counseling Center hosts its 8th annual Summer Jobs Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the Student Union at 26000 S.E. Stark St. in Gresham.

The CPCC is again collaborating with the college's Project YESS program to offer a Natural Resources Career Exploration Fair, the same day and time upstairs from the Student Union in the Jazz Café. Project YESS (Youth Employability Support Services) helps prepare students for the GED examination, establish career goals, transition to college and receive assistance in finding a job.

The Summer Jobs Fair offers students and community members the opportunity to meet with employers who are hiring for great summer and seasonal positions, as well as ongoing employment. Employers that have attended in the past include City of Gresham Parks, Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center, METRO, Princess Tours and KOIN 6 Television. The Oregon Department of Forestry and YMCA Camp Collins have signed on for this year. The Natural Resources Career Exploration Fair last year included the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, METRO, Mt. Hood Community College's Natural Resources program and others.

For more information on the Summer Jobs Career Fair or the Natural Resources Career Exploration Fair, visit www.mhcc.edu/careercenter or call Bhaktirose Dawdy, career and academic group advising coordinator, at 503-491-7526 or email at bhaktirose.dawdy@mhcc.edu.

Kids and critters roam the garden
Explore Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., with your children ages 2 to 5 years, during weekly Honeybee Hikes beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. Look for wildlife, visit the bees, listen to a story or make a craft item. Every week is different. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

$2 per child, non-walkers are free. Please check the website, leachgarden.org, for possible cancellations.

Groups of 10 or more must pre-register with the education coordinator at 503-823-1671.

Serving up ping pong, international food and cultural fashions
Portland Christian students celebrate the cultural diversity of the student body Friday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with an International Food Night.

Students will prepare food representative of their homeland and share cultural games and fashions. A Japanese drum group will perform and world-class table tennis players will demonstrate the sport and challenge visitors to test their skills.

This event is at the 12425 N.E. San Rafael St. campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students.

Finding blooms in the winter garden
It may be winter but wonders await you in Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. Join Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. until noon on a winter guided walk to view some of the many winter blooming plants such as Witch Hazel, Honeysuckle, and Paper Bush. Along the way, discover some of the other secrets the winter garden has to share and get some ideas for adding winter interest in your own garden. Wear your cozy clothes. Warm up with hot cider in the Manor House at the end of the walk.

The tour is free, but group size is limited to 15. First come, first served.

David Douglas dads, daughters dance the night away
The David Douglas Dad's club annual father-daughter dinner is set for Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the high school. Tickets, $15 each or two for $25, are available in the high school front office.
Mid-county Memo photo/Tim Curran
For more than 50 years, the David Douglas Dads Club has nurtured the special relationship between a father and his daughter with its annual Father Daughter Banquet. This year, the tradition continues with “A Night to Remember” in the David Douglas High south cafeteria, 1001 S.E. 135th Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets, $15 each or two for $25, are available in the high school front office. Any family member is welcome to escort daughters for this evening of dining, dancing and entertainment.

To learn more, call 503-660-3076 or send an email to daviddouglasdadsclub@gmail.com.

Spay your stray today
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon provides free spay and neuter services for feral and stray cats this month.

Services include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, treatment for fleas, ear mites and tapeworms if necessary, a long-term pain relief injection and an ear-tip for identification. Licensed veterinarians perform surgeries. Humane live traps are available to rent for a refundable deposit. Call 503-797-2606 or visit feralcats.org to learn more.

Justice Sotomayor appears in Portland
Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads 2014, the library's 12th annual community reading project is underway with the distribution of thousands of copies of “My Beloved World” by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to schools and libraries.

Throughout the month of January, readers and students across the county have engaged with the memoir, a candid reflection of Justice Sotomayor's journey beginning with her childhood in the Bronx, through a prestigious Ivy League academic career to her appointment as a federal judge. In February, dozens of Everybody Reads discussions, lectures and related programs will take place at libraries and elsewhere in the community.

Thanks to The Library Foundation, more than 2,500 copies of “My Beloved World” are available to borrow from libraries across Multnomah County. Additionally 2,100 copies of the book were given to schools and organizations serving youth. For the first time ever, Multnomah County Library has added a substantial number of e-book copies-more than 1,000 in all-for those who choose tablets or e-readers as their preferred format.

The author will present a talk Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Literary Arts present this event. Ticket information is available from Literary Arts.

The first Hispanic woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office, in private legal practice, as a judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

REUNIONS
PHS class of 1969
The Parkrose High School class of 1969 will celebrate its 45th reunion at the Rossi Barn Bash, July 12. Watch this space for details and ticketing information.

FUNDRAISERS
Donate returnable cans and bottles monthly
Each month a few Parkrose students and parents spend the first Saturday at Parkrose Middle School, 18000 N.E. Shaver St., from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. so you can donate your returnable cans and bottles to a good cause. Collections made Saturday, Feb. 1 benefit the Parkrose High PTO Scholarship Fund. Cans and bottles donated Saturday, March 1 support Parkrose Middle School Outdoor School fund.

PHS students run for Doernbecher
Student leaders at Parkrose High School have set a goal of $10,000 for its second Doernbecher Dash Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. to raise funds for the Kids Making Miracles program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. 1991 PHS grad, Becky Child, was the inspiration for the Kids Making Miracles program. Since that time, the program has expanded to many area schools.

Parkrose students led by Associated Student Body officers will walk, jog or run laps around the Bronco stadium track. You can support them by agreeing to a per lap donation or simply by sending a tax deductible donation to Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Write Doernbecher Dash on the memo line of your check. Per lap donations will be calculated on the total number of laps completed by all participating students. The goal is to complete 1,000 combined laps. If the goal is met, a $.10 per lap sponsor will result in a $100 donation, a $.25 per lap sponsor will owe $250 and so on.

Send your per-lap sponsorship commitment to ASB President Max Denning at maxdenning@yahoo.com or Parkrose Activities Director Mike Verhulst at mike_verhulst@parkrose.k12.or.us.

Carnival comes to Hazelwood
Buy tickets now for St. Therese Casino Night-Carnival Del Pais at St. Therese School, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave. Saturday, Feb. 22. Play blackjack, craps and poker to win fabulous prizes including vacations in Cabo San Lucas and Sunriver Resort, a night at Great Wolf Lodge and special packages worth $800 or more. The event includes appetizers, a silent auction, lots of prizes and no host beer and wine bar.

Tickets are $35 per person if purchased before Feb. 14-call 503-253-9400 or go to stthereseschool.org. Ticket prices after the deadline jump to $50 per person.

Concert benefits PTO
The Trinity Lutheran School Parent Teacher Organization welcomes Michael Allen Harrison for a benefit concert Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The TLS Celebration Choir will perform with Harrison.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students ages 11 to 17, children 10 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the school office during school hours or at the door, 5520 N.E. Killingsworth St.

St. Rita dinner and auction features Jambalaya
You will be whisked away to New Orleans and Mardi Gras Saturday, March 1 at the annual St. Rita Parish dinner and auction. Bid on items in the silent auction while nibbling on appetizers before sitting down to a traditional Louisiana meal of Jambalaya, corn bread, salad and dessert. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. Contact Rita Lambert at lambert1625@q.com or 503-253-0872.

Time travel is possible
The DeLorean is ready. The flux capacitor is warming up. Travel “Back to the Future” in celebration of Parkrose students past, present and future Saturday, April 12 when the Parkrose Educational Foundation (PEF) hosts its 11th annual dinner and auction at the Sheraton Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way.

Auction items are being accepted now and tickets are on sale at parkroseedfdn.org. Contact the PEF board at predfdn@gmail.com or 504-408-2108.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Choose wisely for alpine gardens
Villa Garden Club meets Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S. E. 139th Ave. Learn about alpine and rock gardens from guest speaker, Truls Jensen of Wild Ginger Farm. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be served. Call Velda Altig at 503-252-7423 to learn more.

THE ARTS
Romance your Valentine with music
Share a romantic evening at a Valentine concert Sunday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 S.E. Stark St. Violinist David Ewart, soprano Leslie Garman and pianist Sandra Hyslop join Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Emeritus Hugh Ewart in what is being called the Portland premier performance of Jonathan Leshnoff's brilliant “Yiddish Dance Suite”. Other pieces on the program include Bach's “Double Violin Concerto”, Debussy's “Sonata for Violin and Piano” and love songs from greats like Mozart, Richard Strauss and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Admission is free. A free will offering will be accepted.

GIVING BACK
Call for creativity
Decide today to help the Parkrose Educational Foundation host the best fundraising event ever. Your skills as a procurement specialist (that means you are willing to call on friends, neighbors and businesses to ask for auction donations and sponsorship commitments), decorator (you're willing to help design centerpieces and create a setting that reflects the auction theme), sales person (you'll wear a silly hat on auction night and sell raffle tickets) and moving specialist (you'll volunteer to help transport auction items to the venue and set up the silent auction displays) are needed now.

The 11th annual PEF dinner and auction is Saturday, April 12. Contact the Foundation auction committee at predfdn@gmail.com or call 503-408-2108 to volunteer.

Children's story comes to life
The music of Sergei Prokofiev immortalized a simple tale of young courage and bravado in “Peter and the Wolf.” The Resurrection Players bring the story to life Friday, March 7 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Performances are at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the door. $8 for adults, $4 for children. Light refreshments will be served.

EDUCATION
Free English classes offered
Start learning English now at Multnomah University, 8435 N.E. Glisan St. Free classes are offered Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Begin anytime.

Check out this local school option
Visit St. Therese School, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave., to learn about a Catholic education for your family. The school offers preschool through eighth grade. Kindergarten is all day. All grades are exposed to music, physical education, Spanish and technology and all students learn to use the library. Hot lunch is offered daily as are before and after school care.

Open houses are set for Friday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, Feb. 20 and Wednesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. or you may call 503-253-9400 to arrange for a visit.

Art showcase draws visitors
Go on an art scavenger hunt at the Portland Christian Elementary open and house and art show Thursday, Feb. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. Tour the school, meet teachers and students as you learn about individual and group art projects the students have been working on. The elementary campus is at 11845 S.E. Market St.

Meet faculty and coaches at open house
Trinity Lutheran School faculty, coaches, current parents and students host an open house Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 5520 N.E. Killingsworth St.

Interested families will tour class rooms, meet teachers, coaches, and current students and parents. Information on admissions and financial assistance will also be available.

Students may enroll at TLS at any time during the year.

You and your child may also tour the school with the principal during the school day. Contact the school at 503-288-6403 or office@trinityportland.org to learn more.

Preschool enrollment begins
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool is accepting registrations for new families beginning March 1. Call 503-256-1835 to set up a tour. Preschool programs for 3 and 4 year olds meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Find Gethsemane Lutheran on Facebook or on the web at www.glcportland.org/preschool.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
A class for family caregivers
Sue Frymark, a registered nurse, offers “Powerful Tools for Caregiving,” a free six-week class for family caregivers Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 19, at Faithful Savior Lutheran Church, 11100 N.E. Skidmore St. Participants will learn self-care tools to reduce personal stress, improve communication between family members and the healthcare team, and will learn to handle difficult situations and decision making.

To register or to learn more contact Sue Frymark at 503-539-0915 or slfrymark@comcast.net.

SENIOR RESOURCES
Walk around Fairview, snowshoe Barlow Pass
Gresham Senior Hiking-Outdoor Group is a senior group that provides friendly, safe and interesting programs that encourage seniors to be more active while enjoying the beauty of nature. All outings begin at the Ambleside Gresham Senior Center, 405 N.E. 5th St., in Gresham. There are no dues. Participants are asked to reimburse drivers. Contact Rose Marie Gilbert to sign up for free email notifications at gilbertrosemarie@centurylink.net or call her at 503-761-2357 to request a notification by mail. There is a $5 annual subscription fee.

A 3-1/2 mile walk around the city of Fairview is Thursday, Feb. 13 beginning at 10 a.m. Tour old town and new town, the library and learn a bit of history as you go. The fee is $2. A lunch stop will be made at a local restaurant.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 the group will depart Ambleside at 9 a.m. for snowshoeing at Barlow Pass. Snowshoes will be available for rent in Government Camp. Pack a lunch and remember to carry water. The fee is $10 plus a contribution toward the parking pass.

B(ingo) there
Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes hosts a free monthly bingo game at 1515 N.E. 106th Ave.
Mid-county Memo photo/Tim Curran
Avid bingo players gather monthly at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes, 1515 N.E. 106th Ave., for free play and prizes. Play Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your friends.

LIBRARIES
Libraries switch to Hoopla
Multnomah County Library has made a new streaming media service available to patrons. Through the Hoopla platform, library cardholders can access 125,000 music albums, movies and television shows.

Content available through Hoopla includes new releases by major labels, studios and publishers, all available to cardholders for free and on demand. Patrons do not have to place holds or wait in a queue to access content, which is discoverable through a simple search from the library's website. Hoopla may be accessed through a browser or on the iOS and Android platforms.

“Our patrons have told us that they want more digital content. We're responding by providing what patrons want, when and how they want it,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “Making popular music and video content available with Hoopla is a natural expansion and evolution of formats from our current offerings.”

With Hoopla, library patrons can access full music albums for one week apiece and movies and other video content for a three-day period per item, with a limit of four items per month. Multnomah County Library joins nearly 50 other library systems offering Hoopla, including peers like Seattle Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library.

Streaming content from Hoopla will replace the current music-only download service Freegal, which allows patrons to download three songs per week, and does not enable discovery of content through the library's catalog. To get started with Hoopla, simply visit multcolib.org/ebooks-and-downloadables and start enjoying your favorite music, movies and TV shows today.

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-988-5386
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.

150 Years of Library Love: Celebrate Multnomah County Library's 150th birthday and show your library love by writing love notes to your library. Enjoy fun, family craft activities and treats Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Thursdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Book Babies: Storytime for children from birth to 12 months with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children new born to 6 years with adult. Thursdays from 4:15 to 5 p.m.

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Family Storytime: Storytime for children 6 years and younger with adult. Saturdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Lunar New Year: The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures. Guests will bring in the New Year with cultural performances, educational activities and traditional treats. 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Stories, Song and Dance of Puerto Rico: Join local children's book writer Carmen T. Bernier-Grand as she shares folktales and stories from her native land, Puerto Rico. Presented in conjunction with Everybody Reads 2014. Made possible by The Library Foundation. Friday, Feb. 7 from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Pop-up Cards: Children of all ages and their adults are invited to join book artist Sarah Fagan in handcrafting their own pop-up style greeting cards. All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own favorite collage. Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Trashanalia: It's Trashanalia Day and the occupants of Trash Island are celebrating. Join King Neptune as he sings songs on his canjo (a banjo made of a can) and introduces a slew of trash puppets. This programming has been made possible through collaborations with Tears of Joy Theatre and SCRAP. Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Minecraft Club: Meet up to chat about all things Minecraft. Review mods, participate in building challenges, or work together to complete a map. Bring your own laptop or use one belonging to the library. Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Read to the Dogs: Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog from Pet Partners. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5386. Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. Tuesday, Feb. 11 and 25 from 4 to 5 p.m.

A Good Yarn: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun as we learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish and with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. There will be time for conversation in both languages. Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. Sundays from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Make Your Own Kombucha: Kombucha tea is an ancient, health-promoting, probiotic tonic that is easy and inexpensive to make at home in your own kitchen. Join local fermentation expert Dori Oliver to learn the five simple steps to making your own delicious kombucha. In addition to tasting a variety of brews, you'll take home a packet of recipes, learn tips and tricks for increasing the natural carbonation, and how to add fruit flavors and herbs. Monday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Pageturners Book Group: Join friends and neighbors for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library's annual community reading project. Read “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Monday, Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Vietnamese Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., 503-988-5392
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.

150 Years of Library Love: Celebrate Multnomah County Library's 150th birthday and show your library love by writing love notes to your library. Join us for fun family craft activities and treats. Saturday, Feb. 15 from noon to 2 p.m.

Book Babies: Storytime for children new born to 12 months with adult. Mondays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. except Feb. 17.

Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Mondays from 11:15 a.m. to noon except Feb. 17. Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon

Family Storytime: Storytime for children 2 to 7 years with adult. Sundays from 3 to 3:45 p.m. except Feb. 16. Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Black Storytime: The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 along with a favorite adult and other family members. Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Saturdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. except Feb. 1.

Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children from birth to 6 years with adult. Sundays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. except Feb. 16.

Russian Storytime: Storytime presented in Russian for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Yarn Club: Whether your interest is knitting or crocheting, join the fun and learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Discover the Rhythms of Ghana: Shi Dah performs Ghanaian drumming, dance, songs and rhythms in traditional clothing. Dance, drum and discover the rhythms of Ghana in this interactive celebration. Saturday, Feb. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Lunar New Year: The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures. Bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities, and traditional treats. 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Heart of Hearts: Under the instruction of artist Eileen Holzman, learn to fold various origami hearts to use as embellishments for beautiful cards. Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

West African Dance: In celebration of Black History Month, participate in a series of six classes that will focus on movement and rhythm specific to traditional West Africa. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Everyone is invited to the end-of-series performance Thursday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6 to March 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Read to the Dogs: Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog from Pet Partners. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392. Saturday, Feb. 8 and 22 from noon to 2 p.m.

Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish, as well as with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. Sundays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

It's Time for a Fresh Start-Project Clean Slate: Has your driver's license been suspended for unpaid fines? Do you owe child support that you want to pay but just don't see how you can? Is there a minor criminal conviction on your record that is standing in your way? If you have a record with Multnomah County, Project Clean Slate can help. This workshop introduces the resources and services that can help you make that fresh start. Project Clean Slate is supported by the Multnomah County District Attorneys Office, Multnomah County Public Defenders Office, Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Independent Development Enterprise Alliance. Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Recycling and Composting 101: Join Michelle from Waste Management of Portland as she presents an in-depth introduction to waste reduction techniques, the environmental benefits of composting and recycling, where your waste goes for processing, and which materials can be included in your composting and recycling collection. Sunday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Citizenship Classes: Learn about the process of becoming a citizen in a six-session series of classes. Prepare for your citizenship interview. Study United States history and government for the examination. Classes are in English, and are taught by library volunteers. For more information, please call 503-988-6318. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sundays, Feb. 9 to March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Bi-lingual Citizenship Classes: Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR), the East Portland Action Plan and Multnomah County Library present New Americans Initiative-East Portland. This is a bilingual class and will be taught in Spanish and in English. The class is designed to prepare students for the U.S. Naturalization Interview, which includes an evaluation of speaking, reading, and writing abilities in English. The class will also focus on learning the information needed to pass the Civics Test which is created from the 100 questions regarding U.S. history and government in English and in Spanish. Space is limited so please call Rafael López with SOAR at 503-384-2482 ext. 116 to register for the class and for more information. Wednesdays, Feb. 12 through April 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Pageturners Book Groups: Join Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library's annual community reading project. Read “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor. Engage in stimulating conversation about books and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Get Out. Backpacking: Do you want to go hiking or backpacking but feel you don't have the experience, gear, knowledge or motivation to get out there? Wilderness expert Erik Soltan, of Get Out. Backpacking, will provide you with an introduction to hiking northwest trails and will discuss the personal tools and skills you need to be self-sufficient in the outdoors. Friday, Feb. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Assistance in Russian and Vietnamese is available. Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Assistance in Chinese is available.



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